Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
In our family for 4 generations, the house on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.
It's spacious - there are beds for 12 and plenty of extra room if your group's even bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.
14 minutes' drive to shops, 25 minutes to Sovereign Hill, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (G0GGLE Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)
Ample parking, sorry no internet, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on both Telstra and Optus' networks.
Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the t-w-i-t-t-e-r-ing of birds. The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear.
If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-tuned Lipp German upright piano (dated at 1899!), a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!
There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), a treasure hunt, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing, exploring the shearing shed and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.
The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite, 2 other double bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.
As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, enormous fridge, urn, pressure cooker, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, hand mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ provides an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.
There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio / c.d. player, as well as important appliances such as a large front-loading washing maching, an ironing table and board and a hair dryer (Rosie says they're very important :)
For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!
It's quite an environmentally friendly property too. Apart from the 100 acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums and Blue Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline rather than a dryer.
Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosie and Malcolm's parents Ann & Bill are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are both fluent in German and French and Rosie is fluent in German.
Strictly no smoking on the property, either indoors or outdoors (due to fire restrictions) and strictly no pets.
Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!
Also, due to water constraints at Galwiji, we are happy to provide linen for up to 6 guests (i.e. 3 x double beds, 1 of which is a queen) but if your party is larger than 6, we would ask that you provide your own linen for the 'extras'. Thanks for your understanding.
P.S. Malcolm & Rosie and children have just returned from some time in Europe where we sampled a number of Airbnb listings. We stayed in many AirBNB places, from the stunning to the not so, but it strengthened our resolve to make Galwiji the absolute best experience we can make it! :)
P.P.S. We have listed the site as handicap accessible, but it's not specifically set up for our wheelchair-bound friends, so please, call us and we'll talk further. Generally we have been able to accomodate and a recent visitor 'on wheels' found Galwiji quite suitable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||13 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Victoria, Australia region
Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill (sovereignhill.com.au 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle (kryalcastle.com.au 25 minutes' drive).
Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football (afl.com.au). The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground mcc.org.au) which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.